Liv­ing in fear – Res­i­dents of Tikaram Place tell why

Crime, rhymes with the area as res­i­dents claim crim­i­nals roam their streets.

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - SHA­HANI MALA SUVA Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: sha­hani.mala@fi­jisun.com.fj

Res­i­dents of Tikaram Place at Na­madi Heights, Suva, are call­ing on the Fiji Po­lice Force to step up pa­trols in the area.

The call comes af­ter a res­i­dent in the area had cap­tured on video an al­leged dar­ing day­light car­jack­ing in­ci­dent last Thurs­day, which went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia. The video footage has helped Po­lice catch three of the sus­pects in­volved.

Prior to the in­ci­dent, res­i­dents who spoke to Fiji Sun said such crim­i­nal acts was some­thing they have lived with for many years. Last Thurs­day’s in­ci­dent has struck more fear. Res­i­dents who were in­ter­viewed by Fiji Sun yes­ter­day spoke to us on con­di­tion of anonymity. “I am re­quest­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner to pro­vide more Po­lice of­fi­cers pa­trolling in our area,” one con­cerned res­i­dent said. “We live in fear ev­ery day and al­ways won­der­ing what will hap­pen to us. Peo­ple are scared to step out of their house af­ter dark. “The round­about at the Tikaram Place is a short cut to Nabua. We are re­quest­ing the Gov­ern­ment if they can build a fence or wall so that peo­ple can stop us­ing the round­about.” An­other res­i­dent who has been liv­ing in the area for the past 15 years said: “Ev­ery home in the Tikaram Place have been bro­ken into. “We want Tikaram Place to be free from rob­beries and break-ins. We can­not trust strangers in this area be­cause we might not know when we will get robbed. “Res­i­dents here did not have the gates, but now all the homes have gates and they al­ways lock their gates, even when they are at home. De­spite hav­ing re­tain­ing walls some rob­bers’ break-in by climb­ing the walls.” An­other res­i­dent said women were not safe in the area. “They are al­ways scared to help any­one who is be­ing robbed in this area,” the res­i­dent said. “They are scared of be­ing threat­ened, killed or raped by the rob­bers. The res­i­dents are now cut­ting down big trees or flower plants in front of their homes af­ter the in­ci­dent on Thurs­day. “Some peo­ple will al­ways hide be­hind th­ese plants and when any­one walks alone in this area they are be­ing robbed.” Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said: “We have taken heed of all the is­sues by the res­i­dents. “The Po­lice will now act on it and we will en­sure to in­crease our Po­lice pa­trolling at Tikaram Place,” she said.

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

The short-cut from Tikaram Place to Nabua.

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